Registration deadline for primary election nearing

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If people want to vote in this year's primary election or change party affiliation, they'd better do it fast, said Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Beverly Johnson.

The last day to register to vote in the primary election and the last day to change or withdraw party affiliation in Moffat County is July 15.

"People can come into the office and make a change or they can fill out a form on the Internet and print it out," Johnson said.

Early voting for the primary election begins Aug. 5 and the last day to vote early or apply for an absentee ballot for the primary election

is Aug. 9.

One change in the law this year puts more restrictions on people applying for absentee ballots.

This year people must sign for an absentee ballot themselves and cannot have a family member get it for them, which was allowed in past years, Johnson said.

Because early voting is offered from Aug. 5 on, everyone who wants to should be able to vote, Johnson said.

"People can walk into the office and vote or carry it out with them and bring it back in a sealed envelope or mail it in," she said. "They've made voting very simple. About the only thing they don't have is Internet voting."

People are also being encouraged to "vote for a veteran" in this year's general election, Johnson said.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office is giving people the opportunity to vote in honor of any veteran dead or alive in the general election.

All people need to do is fill out a form specifying the name of a veteran they would like to vote in honor of, maybe a family member or friend who has served, and send it to the Secretary of State's Office by Oct. 19. If people do so, they will be sent a button that says they are voting in honor of a veteran and the veteran's name will be printed across the bottom of the button.

When people are registering and voting in the primary they might want to consider picking up a form to do so, Johnson said. Applications are in the clerk and recorders office.

"It's really a neat thing they're doing this year," she said. "The buttons are really nice."

For more information on this year's election, people can call the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office at 824-9104 or stop at the Moffat County Courthouse.

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